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BRAINS – Theatre N16

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Thick and Thin’s comedy about a zombie outbreak and the pharma industry feels like an extended comedy sketch but it has a lot of potential to be a funny and clever look at healthcare in a capitalist world.MediBite provides expensive medicine to those who are desperate to avoid the ‘contamination’.

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HE(ART) – Theatre N16

In London theatre, Opinion, Plays, Reviews by Caroline Hanks-FarmerLeave a Comment

Two boys and two girls, contemporary twenty something Londoners. Window cleaner Rhys is struggling to keep up with his posh girlfriend, art gallery curator Alice. Initially it seems incongruous that she is so determined to make a go of the relationship with her insecure and emotionally unavailable boyfriend.

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INTERVIEW: Spotlight On…Star of HE(ART), Alex Reynolds

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He(art) is a new play by Andrew Maddock. It follows the lives of four people, Kevin and Sam, Alice and Rhys, all of them trying to survive in their own way, all of them fighting for something that could ultimately make or break them.

Alice just wants Rhys to help her pick a piece of art for their living room wall. And go to her family doctor to make sure the ‘Heart thingie’ he’s got is under control. But he won’t. Because he’s a Wembley Warrior. Kev’s just got out of prison, he’s not supposed to be, and he’s going to be in a lot of trouble when he’s found. But his sister Sam needs help to make sure mum gets the treatment the NHS won’t pay for. And they’ve all got their eye on the same painting.

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LEFTOVERS – Theatre N16

In London theatre, Opinion, Plays, Reviews by Laura KresslyLeave a Comment

Protagonist Elizabeth lives in London with her husband Harry, who she met whilst feeding the residents of her local duck pond. Their romance is a proper fairytale, until the war starts. Writer Gabrielle Sheppard goes on to reveal the impact of the war on Elizabeth and Harry, and simultaneously shows Elizabeth’s ideal life that could have unfolded without the looming threat of attack.

INTERVIEW: Director Chris Hislop on Howard Barker’s Gertrude

In Features, Interviews, London theatre, Opinion, Plays by Laura KresslyLeave a Comment

Both – my favourite thing about this play is how it was written to empower an underwritten female character, and yet does such a piss-poor job of doing so. Or maybe it doesn’t – maybe Barker’s aggressive sexualising of Gertrude and blatant female nudity throughout is his attempt at female empowerment. Either way, he’s not a misogynist. Barker’s obsession with women has translated into some wonderful parts in his shows, and he’s always trying to write pieces that celebrate and empower them, just through a rather perverse lens. I don’t want to circumnavigate that entirely, just sand down some of the sharper corners.

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INTERVIEW: Director Chris Hislop on Howard Barker’s Gertrude

In Features, Interviews, London theatre, Opinion, Plays by Laura KresslyLeave a Comment

Both – my favourite thing about this play is how it was written to empower an underwritten female character, and yet does such a piss-poor job of doing so. Or maybe it doesn’t – maybe Barker’s aggressive sexualising of Gertrude and blatant female nudity throughout is his attempt at female empowerment. Either way, he’s not a misogynist. Barker’s obsession with women has translated into some wonderful parts in his shows, and he’s always trying to write pieces that celebrate and empower them, just through a rather perverse lens. I don’t want to circumnavigate that entirely, just sand down some of the sharper corners.

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YOUR EVER LOVING – Theatre N16

In London theatre, Opinion, Plays, Reviews by Caroline Hanks-FarmerLeave a Comment

With the popularity of TV shows like Making a Murderer, injustice seems to have become the stuff of entertainment, allowing us to feel righteous anger that such terrible things can happen, whilst safe in the knowledge that it’s all happening far away, and often forgetting there are real human lives at the heart of the story we’re so hooked on.

YOUR EVER LOVING – Theatre N16

In London theatre, Opinion, Plays, Reviews by Caroline Hanks-FarmerLeave a Comment

With the popularity of TV shows like Making a Murderer, injustice seems to have become the stuff of entertainment, allowing us to feel righteous anger that such terrible things can happen, whilst safe in the knowledge that it’s all happening far away, and often forgetting there are real human lives at the heart of the story we’re so hooked on.

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FEATURED SHOWS: Theatre N16 spring season includes Your Ever Loving, Gertrude, The Killing of Charles Bravo

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This Spring/Summer, Theatre N16 in Balham, London, will be producing three in-house productions: in April, artistic director Jamie Eastlake will be directing Martin McNamara’s new drama about the Guildford Four Your Ever Loving, followed in May by The Killing of Charles Bravo, an exclusive site-specific performance about a real-life murder that happened in Balham, where the theatre is based. Finally, in …